Salvation begins and ends with God. People, by their very nature, do not think this way. One of the debilitating aspects of the sin curse is that we assume the world revolves around us. We assume that we control the day’s events. We assume that God is watching intently, like an uninformed oaf, curious to know what we’ll decide regarding Him. But this is not how the Bible presents God.
To the contrary, God is sovereign and in complete control of every aspect of our world and universe. Seeing sin rampant in our society might cause us to doubt God’s sovereignty; yet even when the world faces its darkest hour, God still shines brightly as the supreme King of everything. Take for example, the cross.
Could there possibly be a darker time in human history, than when the son of God was falsely convicted of and executed as a common criminal? And yet, this darkest of hours was indeed in accordance with God’s perfect plan to pay for the sins of those who would trust in Him. The Jewish leaders and the Romans thought they were simply eliminating a threat to their worldly power. But in fact, they were fulfilling God’s will regarding the atonement for sin. The Apostle Peter said this when he confronted the Jews after Jesus’s death and resurrection: “Men of Israel, listen to these words: Jesus the Nazarene, a man attested to you by God with miracles and wonders and signs which God performed through Him in your midst, just as you yourselves know— this Man, delivered over by the predetermined plan and foreknowledge of God, you nailed to a cross by the hands of godless men and put Him to death. But God raised Him up again, putting an end to the agony of death, since it was impossible for Him to be held in its power.” Acts 2:22-24
Peter called Jesus’s death “the predetermined plan and foreknowledge of God.” Which means the cross did not surprise the Father, but rather the Father ordained the day’s events. And yet, the Jewish leaders were not “off the hook” for their role in killing Jesus. God is sovereign over all things, yet man is still responsible for his sinful actions. Some reject this truth as unfair or illogical. The Bible states it as a Divine fact; and as such it would behoove us to believe it. At the end of the day, our opinions amount to nothing, but God’s word is true and eternal.
You are a sinner by nature but can be saved by God’s grace. Are you convicted over the fact that you are a sinner? Do you have a desire to repent of your sin and believe in Jesus, trusting Him with your life? Do you long for holiness and loathe your sin? If so, then it’s because God is working on you. He is drawing you. Perhaps He is in the process of granting you a brand new life. Come to Christ and be saved, while you still have air in your lungs and a beat to your heart. Today is the day of salvation, tomorrow may be too late.